The church now lives on earth between the historic saving event of the death and resurrection and the future coming of Christ when the transformation of the world will be completed. The church has been entrusted with the meaning of all time. The world does not know the meaning of its own history, but the church does. . . . The purpose of the church is to be a sign of the redemption as it declares the wonderful deeds of God in Christ accomplished in history and fulfilled at the end of time.
Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004), 26-27.